Shows how to approach and handle animals, both wild and domestic, with an emphasis on dogs and horses. Surveys the general field of safety around animals pointing out the need for knowledge and skill, the dangers in handling wild animals and how to handle trained animals.
Filmmakers seems to torment both kids and animals in the process of making this film.
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Reviewer:Victor Von Psychotron
March 25, 2014 Subject:
Puppy vs. children
Enjoy watching a puppy try to play with kids and kids smacking it around? You'll love this. It's an interesting little educational film that promotes not only safety around animals but even keeping reptiles as pets.
June 23, 2006 Subject:
Shocking displays of animal aggression captured on film!
A veritable menagerie of creatures are featured in this production designed to teach children about the importance of acting appropriately when interacting with commonly encountered animals. The jovial narrator reminds viewers that while certain animals such as horses, dogs, and cats can be easily befriended through gentle touching, forceful handling will often provoke the critters and result in personal injury. It is also revealed that some animals may become excitable and dangerous if the humans that are in their presence do not carefully observe their physical movements and behave accordingly. This film is intriguing because it contains numerous scenes of the animals lashing out at the youngsters who seem to be deliberately mistreating them simply for the director's sake.
January 26, 2006 Subject:
IÂ¡Â¯m never going outside again.
Safety with animals is a bizarre little number that teaches kids about to interact with animals. Problem is, the advice has potholes a plenty. We see a dog nipping at a childÂ¡Â¯s jacket. ItÂ¡Â¯s ATTACKING! It is NOT. ItÂ¡Â¯s uh, playing. DonÂ¡Â¯t touch domestic birds! Dogs are ok if you approach them slowly and have him get used to you,. (Yeah, that growling dog better get used to me quickly). Snakes can be poisonous, and some not! Just play with the non-poisonous ones. (And how do we find that out?) We have various goofy kids of course, tormenting the poor animals, so this was a rather strange short.
Reviewer:Wilford B. Wolf
July 28, 2005 Subject:
I'll hug 'im and pet 'im and call him George!
Film aimed at 2nd-4th graders about how to handle animals, espcially dogs and horses. The basic information this film is actually quite excellent and still relavant for today; don't try to handle wild animals, be cautious around domesticated animals and don't try to excite them. I have the feeling that the narrator's advice that certain types of reptiles such as snakes and lizards can be safely handled would probably be left off of a more contemporary film, but otherwise it is not bad. The other part I suspect would be left out would be the narrator's asertion that animals would "turn mean" as they grew older. There is a certain sense of being uncomfortable with watching small children mishandling dogs, cat, and horses, but the narrator's gentle pointing out this is not what to do helps underline the point.
However, like many such films, you have to wonder for what context this film was made for. As noted above, it is was clearly made for small children. But what would prompt a film about animal safety? My guess, given the largely rural Southwest setting, it is something was more likely to be shown to rural kids growing up in and around farms and ranches.
The decent footage of foxes, raccoons, bear cubs, squirrels and owls at the begining of the film is a nice bonus.